We’re breaking down the barriers to post-secondary education across Canada
Making a plan for continuing your own, or your child’s, education after high school can feel overwhelming. And sometimes, getting started is the hardest part. But, some good news, you’re in the right place. Be proactive but flexible. Your planning can evolve, things can change and that’s okay. This process looks different for everyone. In the meantime, see the section below for four steps to get started!
A budget is the best way to start tracking your expenses and plan out how you can save up enough for tuition and all those other living costs.
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A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is an account designed to save for your own, or a child’s, post-secondary education. RESPs unlock various government grants and the Canada Learning Bond (CLB), a $500-$2000 income-based grant to help pay for school.
Student loans are money you can borrow from the government, or the bank, to help pay for school. Eventually you’ll need to pay this back but only after you’ve wrapped up your studies.
As a student, you may be able to fully or partially fund your education through scholarships and bursaries. There are literally thousands available for students studying in Canada. Many require just a few clicks to apply!
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We’re helping modest-income students and families to apply for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB), a $500-$2,000 government grant to help save for future school.
We’re working on creating and sharing simple, helpful financial education supports through online resources, in-person events and tax filing support.
We’re partnering with new and established community organizations to fund grassroots financial literacy and educational programming.
To help students with financial need pursue post-secondary, we’re creating a national bursary program to fund their studies.
“Wealthsimple Foundation has created a positive experience for our youth at Covenant House! The programming they delivered was tailored to help them learn about relevant topics like credit scores, government financial aid and scholarships that they are eligible for.
Youth expressed to me that they now feel like they have the knowledge and confidence to think about their own financial situation and take action. Attendees now know the basics of financial literacy and have more tools to support their long-term financial security.”
“Wealthsimple Foundation has been so collaborative, helpful, and keen to understand North York Women Shelter’s organizational values. Working with the foundation has been an absolute pleasure - they are so generous with their time and expertise. We’re excited to continue to partner to provide tax clinics and financial literacy classes to survivors of gender-based violence.”
“Wealthsimple Foundation is working towards designing solutions and products specifically for youth by having youth at the centre. Through their partnership with Emerging Youth Consultancy (a youth-led advisory firm), they have been able to utilize youth feedback through their strategies and iterations of product design. They truly champion youth voice at a foundational level.”
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“I joined Wealthsimple Foundation as an intern through their partner, The MINA Project. The MINA Project focuses on addressing the skills, opportunities, and network gaps by providing access to opportunities for BIPOC high school students. During my time at the Foundation, I had the opportunity to work on multiple projects and teams to explore my interests and test my abilities. I learned so much from everyone on the team, and I feel excited and prepared to start university!”
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